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Author(s):Barr, David
Author Affiliation:Info Turf, Everton Park Qld, Australia
Title:Can we have perfect golf greens all the time?
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Meeting Info.:Llandudno, Wales, UK: July 10-15, 2005
Source:International Turfgrass Society Annexe - Technical Papers 2005. Vol. 10, 2005, p. 30-31.
Publishing Information:Aberystywth, Ceredigion, UK: International Turfgrass Society
# of Pages:2
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf greens; Quality; Quality evaluation; Compaction; Drainage; Soil moisture; Ball roll measurement; Golf green speed; Turfgrass quality; Color; Playability; Putting quality
Abstract/Contents:Presents a system that "will result in good golf greens that progressively improve, but of course never reach, the ultimate goal of permanent perfection." States that "the system is a weighted rating system, which compares a large number of attributes with those that contribute to the quality of the perfect green. It is called the TPGG (Towards Perfect Golf Greens) system." Describes the evolution of the system stating that "the steps were to list those things that contribute to the condition of the perfect golf green surface"; "allocate numerical scores to each attribute of the perfect green, according to its perceived contribution to greens quality"; and "as objectively as practicable, assign a comparative score to each of the attributes of the green or greens being assessed against those of the perfect green." Lists and describes the four groups of attributes: 1) "playability (smoothness, speed, holding ability)"; 2) "damage to the surface (insect, disease, weed, environment, wear, other)"; 3) "plant attributes (mat, roots, ground covers, colour)"; and 4) "soil attributes (compaction, moisture, drainage)." Also describes the method of scoring based on the TPGG system. Concludes that the TPGG system "provides a reliable overall measure of condition of a green whilst still providing a measure of a large number of attributes of greens quality; if it is adopted and suggestions followed, progressive greens improvement occurs; the system if used over time identifies trends and the reasons for them; observations can be satisfactorily carried out by agronomists and superintendents, although subjectivity may become an issue; more rational decisions on greens management, maintenance, renovation, reconditioning or rebuilding result from using the TPGG system and documenting the results; use of less disruptive measures such as light frequent topdressing, mini-tining and high pressure water injection also help to ensure that greens are better for more of the playing year; implementation of the system is inexpensive, saves money on maintenance and improves greens longevity; [and] co-operation of course managers and good cultural practices are essential."
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Barr, D. 2005. Can we have perfect golf greens all the time?. Int. Turfgrass Soc. Annexe - Tech. Pap. 10:p. 30-31.
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